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School bells ring for 2016
School bells ring for 2016
GREATER access to technology
will be provided at St Joseph’s Pri-
mary School, Wonthaggi, in 2016.
Students will have increased access to
information technology devices including
shared classroom iPads.
The school welcomed 40 new Preps on
Monday, February 1, as well as four new
staff – a new physical education teacher, a
Grade 5/6 classroom teacher and two Grade
1 /2 classroom teachers.
There are plenty of activities for them to
look forward to in term one with house ath-
letics, district swimming and life education
events just around the corner.
The school’s Catholic identity will con-
tinue to be celebrated with sacramental pro-
grams scheduled in the curriculum as well,
including Ash Wednesday Mass.
Catholic Education Week is also coming
up – a unique aspect to the school’s educa-
“Catholic Education Week provides us
with an opportunity to continue our rich tra-
dition,” principal Ronan O’Mahony said.
He took over the principal’s post mid-
way through 2015 and will retain the posi-
tion throughout 2016.
“My experience has been really positive
and the transition was well received by par-
ents and students,” he said.
INVERLOCH Primary School
has the biggest enrolment in
its history this year, with 404
students this year.
The school has cracked the magical
number of 401 students that qualifies it
for an extra portable building.
Principal Wendy Caple was on the
phone to the Department of Education
and Early Childhood Development last
Thursday morning in a bid to secure an
She is hoping for a double portable
that would cater for Spanish classes.
“More people are moving to the
area. We have 20 new students to the
school and that is not including the
Preps,” Mrs Caple said.
The school welcomed 57 Preps this
year, as well as new staff: Grades 5/6
teacher Rhonda Mackie; physical edu-
cation teacher Lewis Rankin; Grades
3/4 teacher Geoff Tyson; and Emily
Smith, who is undertaking an internship
as part of her university studies.
Grade 6 students are looking for-
ward to surfing, interschool swimming
is coming up and Grades 3/4 students
will take part in athletics.
The school has advertised for
teachers’ aides to assist with classroom
New families were welcomed with
a morning tea last Thursday and the
school has Parent Link volunteers –
parents who help new families feel part
of the school.
Kongwak Primary School, an an-
nexe of Inverloch PS, welcomed 24
students for the 2016 year, including
Teachers Anna Wilson and Gab
Patterson are taking junior and senior
classes, and additional teachers will
provide physical education, Spanish
and Mobile Area Resource Centre li-
“Kongwak is going really well with
great parental support after last year,
when we thought it would go down to
one teacher,” Mrs Caple said.
“It has one teacher to 12 students,
which is wonderful, and there is a real
family feel because they all play with
each other. There are a lot of inter-age
Enrolments boom at Inverloch
New students: 60 new students were welcomed to the Newhaven College
Junior School with the traditional welcome handshake from Junior School
captains and vice-captains. The school leaders, back, from left Heidi Driscoll,
Amelia White, Max Arceo and Archer Herbert, make new Preps Bede Pride-
aux, Charlise Price and Harvey Leary feel welcome on their first day.
Record enrolments for Newhaven College
wing and Senior School
(Years 10-12) is well
underway, with construction
scheduled to commence in
the second half of the year.
Thecollege’s Trade Skills
Centre achieved Registered
(RTO) accreditation in
2015 and this year VIC
Certificate II in Building and
continue, growing from one
class in 2015 to three classes
reporting was introduced
in 2015 and will further
and reporting for college
families and students in
2016, and a new college
website will be launched
The college is currently
enrolling for 2017, with
limited places still available
in some primary and
secondary year levels, and
also in some Trade Skills
Centre courses in 2016.
Please contact Belinda
Manning on 5956 7505
(option 1) or visit www.
St Joseph’s looks to future
WITH student numbers continu-
ing to swell, Wonthaggi Second-
ary College (WSC) hopes to see
progress towards an education
precinct in 2016.
A total of 1270 students are now divided
between the McBride and Dudley campuses
200 of whom are Year 12 students and 250
are new Year 7 students.
“Unfortunately we still have no new
upgrades but we remain hopeful,” McBride
campus principal Darren Parker said.
“We will continue to seek upgrades to
provide our students with a nice, modern
facility to learn in.”
WSC has plenty in store for the students
in the upcoming year, beginning with the
new up to date school uniforms.
The school has thrown away the old
burgundy polo shirts, with white or navy blue
polo shirts now representing the school’s
colours. The school has also introduced new
windcheaters and charcoal shorts.
“The new uniform looks terrific.
Modernising the school uniform is the
product of a lot of hard work over the recent
years,” Mr Parker said.
Six new staff and returning staff
members have joined the teaching panel at
both campuses to help enrich the education
at the school.
The Year 12 students embarked on
their final year of school last Thursday
and will be looking for pathways to help
reach their goals next year. A tertiary
camp will be held soon, which will give
the students an exclusive insight into a
selection of universities they may attend
in the future.
After the success of Peter Pan and
Cinderella over recent years, WSC will be
putting on another whole school production;
this year ’s awe inspiring show will be A
Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Annual events will be held as usual,
including the house athletics, drama
performances, Tournament of the Minds,
Human Powered Vehicles, and the house
Final year: from left, Sam Watson, Jasmine Wilson, Logan Brann, Jasmine
Chambers, Adam Busana and Louise Parkes look forward to a positive Year 12
experience at Wonthaggi Secondary College in 2016.
Wonthaggi college thrives
Adventurous four: new Preps at Inverloch Primary School found fun on the
playground last Thursday. From left, Isabel, Evie, Lila and Sadie.
New staff welcomed: new teachers and staff at Newhaven College this year, front, from left, Karen Baker,
Year 8 teacher; Kate Johnson, chaplain; and Elissa Davidson, Year 7 coordinator.
Back, from left Megan Thompson, head of English; Josh Frederick, Grade 1 teacher; Donna Stone, finance
and administration officer; Matthew Logan, Year 11 teacher; and Richard Sallows, business manager.
The new staff were welcomed at the traditional get together evening at the Phillip Island Winery last
Wednesday. Principal Gea Lovell was joined by the vice principal and other senior staff, school board
chair Greg Price, other board members, staff and guests to celebrate the new school year.
TWO classes of new
preps and eight new
staff were welcomed
to Newhaven College
accommodates a record
Four Year 7 classes
have started their secondary
schooling and 91 Year 12
students embarked on their
final year of VCE study.
The new staff members
this year include Richard
Sallows, business operations
returning to Newhaven to teach
Prep; Megan Thompson, head
of English; Matthew Logan,
humanities and English;
Elissa Davidson, Year 7
coordinator; Josh Frederick,
Grade 1; Karen Baker, music;
and Donna Stone, finance and
Throughout 2016 New-
haven will continue to
develop the Phillip Island
Road Campus in line with
the college’s masterplan so
all students will relocate to
this site at the beginning of
2018, if not sooner.
Planning for the new
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